Upgrading the Itsy Farm Property...
Fortunately, the land is very fertile and provided us good crops the first year. OOPS...we also underestimated the so called "deer pressure". 505 tomato plants were stripped of ALL fruit overnight by what can only be described as a "herd" of deer. We only managed to salvage about $50 of marketable crops during 2012, mostly red and yellow cherry tomatoes. The deer fiasco really disheartened us, and we did little farming/gardening the remainder of 2012. (We DID manage to get a compost bin built.) But it's a new year now and we are determined to be more successful this year!
During this winter, we plan on doing those things that we simply don't have time to do during the Spring, Summer and Fall months. We have a number of trees to cut down to protect the house and the barn. The roots of the gum trees have literally pushed up the foundation piers of the house. The little balls from the gum trees are a trip hazard and seem to FILL the gutters and downspouts! We have to basically rebuild the roof of the barn and we're going to have to shore up the foundation of the farmhouse.
Anyone want to earn some extra money this winter ??